Pamplin Media Group – Only 37% of Clackamas County ballots have been counted so far

UPDATE: State election law requires that 2022 primary election results be certified by June 13.

Figures provided by Clackamas County election officials showed that 63% of returned ballots had still not been counted as of Sunday morning, May 22.

The percentage of uncounted ballots may be even higher, however, as of Sunday county election officials have not updated the number of ballots they have received since Wednesday, May 18, the day after the primary election. A new law in Oregon requires ballots postmarked on Election Day to be counted and arrive by May 24, a week later.

Even ahead of the election, Clackamas County officials said the vote count would be slow and delayed due to the smudged barcode issue that was discovered weeks before the May 17 election. But the continued delay has drawn the ire of Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, not to mention the candidates in the affected races who are still waiting to hear the results, including incumbent Democratic Representative from Oregon’s 5th District, Kurt Schrader, and his challenger, Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

State election law requires the results of the 2022 primary election to be certified by June 13.

In a statement released at 6:39 p.m. Saturday, Clackamas County officials said they received 113,448 ballots. As of Friday, they had processed 41,993 ballots.

County officials said 200 workers have been assigned to the counting effort, with a capacity of 80 workers at a time on each shift. But on Saturday, there were only 50 ballot processors.

Officials said they expected to announce a timetable for the counting of all votes on Monday. They are also building a new website to provide updated daily counts, but this site has not yet launched.

KOIN 6 News is a press partner of the Portland Tribune. Reporter Jim Redden updated the story.

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